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Origin of Indian
usage note for Indian
In the 18th century the term American Indian came to be used for the aboriginal inhabitants of the United States and Canada; it now includes the aboriginal peoples of South America as well. (When necessary, further distinctions are made with such terms as North American Indian and South American Indian. ) The terms Amerindian and Amerind subsequently developed in the attempt to reduce ambiguity. The most recent designation, especially in North America, is Native American. American Indians themselves tend to favor the terms Indian, American Indian, or a specific tribal name. They sometimes refer to themselves collectively as Indian peoples. All these terms appear in edited writing. Whether one or several will gain ascendancy over the others remains to be seen. See Eskimo. See also honest Injun, Indian giver.
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Example sentences from the Web for Indian
Roots of this tradition lie deep in the cultural memory of Mesoamerican Indians.
Zawahiri made the tape in his hideout in Pakistan, no doubt, and many Indians suspect the ISI is helping to protect him.Nuclear Pakistan's Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister|Bruce Riedel|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1905, a group of Indians from a variety of native peoples united to entrench “tribal sovereignty” against federal power.
A non-Sioux nation in the state, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, also said no.The Native Americans Who Voted for ‘The Fighting Sioux’|Evan Weiner|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Themes of armed resistance and solidarity between Africans and Indians abounded on the many costumes.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride|Jason Berry|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As there are still many varieties of the plant grown in America, so there doubtless was when cultivated by the Indians.
He gives a list of the sponsors of the baptized Indians, who included many of the French nobility and clergy.
The pipe has a modern look and is altogether unlike those found by the English in use among the Indians in Virginia.
The Indians should have a suitable church of their own, and Serrano recommends that the king provide one for them.
Besides these, twenty thousand Indians are under the care of secular priests—making a total of two hundred and five thousand.